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January 6, 2010

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Breakfast bars promise convenience but not always the best nutrition, because the sweetener tends to be the number one ingredient. The freshly baked breakfast bars at Keltic Krust ($3.49 each) go back to basics with oats, dried fruits, and nuts or seeds. Held together with a little bit of maple syrup, honey, and vegetable oil, these bars are both vegan and gluten-free. The blueberry version is enlivened with dried cherries and walnuts. Apricot, topped with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, contains fresh apples and cinnamon. Both types of bars are moist, filling, and fresher-tasting that anything you could find in a foil wrapper. They tend to sell out by lunchtime. “Some people snack on them all day,’’ says co-owner Chris Rice, whose wife, Kathleen (above), came up with the recipe. This is one breakfast with lasting power. Keltic Krust, 1371 Washington St., West Newton, 617-332-9343, www.keltickrust.com CLARA SILVERSTEIN